PHOENIX — The
But the Magic keep doing it.
No team in the
"I don't know what it is," Magic point guard
Just how badly are the Magic performing early in games? Consider that the lowly
Improving in the first quarter will rank as one of the Magic's top priorities when they face the
"We've got to come out with a little more focus and value the ball a little bit more," shooting guard
The Magic put themselves at a disadvantage again early Friday night against the
Two nights earlier, the Magic trailed the
"There still needs to be an aggressive nature as soon as that ball is thrown up in the air, and that's how we have to play," Magic coach
Vaughn has noted his team's propensity to fall behind for a couple of weeks now, and yet the problem continues.
Orlando has trailed at some point in the first quarter in all 19 of its games this season and has trailed at the end of the first quarter in 15 of its 19 games season.
The Magic typically improve as games go on.
Through Friday's games, they ranked as the league's seventh-best team in the third quarter as measured by scoring margin, outscoring opponents in that period by 0.9 points per game.
A potential solution is to start
Still, something needs to change, whether it's the lineup or the team's focus at tipoff.
"If you think about the games we have won on the road trip, we were [close] in the first quarter," power forward